My father and I took a walk in Hyde park today and had a look at the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. The intended message behind the structure was to excavate the previous pavilions. This was apparently achieved through a sunken seating area with a plate like roof filled with water. The seating area partially sunken into the ground is completely covered in cork. Personally I found the description to be complete nonsense and didn’t see any of what the described intent in the language of the building. The only thing I liked about the structure was how it reflected the Serpentine Gallery behind it.
In the evening I took another walk with a friend along South Bank. The weather once again was less than ideal with it raining miserably. But since it was one of my last nights we decided to go ahead anyway.
On our walk we discovered a back alley that actually had speakers playing sounds of what it would have sounded like in the past, with a market and people shouting. Combined with the modern lighting in the ground it became a very surreal feeling.
Taking pictures in the rain was quite a challenge as the lens kept getting rain drops on it. This is where having a friend with me came in handy. He held an umbrella over the camera while I took the picture. This helped me get some of my favorite photos on this day of the Millennium Bridge with long exposures. The cloudy sky with light pollution actually ended up giving my pictures beautiful purplish/blue hint in the sky.